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  1. beachfan

    Madrid

    Actually, for what I want, a cono of iberico bellota, another snack and something vegetarian for my wife and dine/done in 40 minutes, seems perfect. Most of the day will be at the museum But given the collective advice on the board, if I can get some pata negra for snacking, I may skip lunch .
  2. beachfan

    Madrid

    I’ve been to Mercado San Miguel before and loved it. Is it much different then in 2011? I am having a light lunch there. I have zero interest in Mexican food or a 3 hour lunch that day. Thanks for the dinner tips!
  3. beachfan

    Madrid

    Sorry, but don't understand the "dressed for battle" comment. Very crowded? I will pay for percebes but not fight for them. Filandon not open for dinner? Lunch is at the Mercado (my only chance this visit). Thanks!
  4. beachfan

    Madrid

    Any thoughts on a seafood (preferred) or other fine dining open on Sunday in Madrid? Backup plan is a tapas crawl, but as I don't drink much these days, it's not as appealing as before.
  5. beachfan

    Madrid

    This is helpful, not because I have any hope of learning how to judge percebes priior to my next visit, but it explains why I didn't see the fuss over Carabineros when I had them and percebes at La Trainera (the percebes knocked my socks off). I wasn't going to order them again, but maybe I'll give them try again. Based on this recommendation, I had a fabulous meal there 10 years ago - loved the percebes!! In your recent post, I noticed it was missing from your list. Should I go to O'Pazo for percebes or La Trainera again? Will be at the Westin (near the Thyssen musuem). You can NOT go to O Pazo or La Trainera or any restaurant in the world (including in Galicia) and simply assume that you are going to order percebes that night and get excellent product. They may not have them of course, but worse yet, they have them and the quality is mediocre ... even at the top places in the world for them. Ignore Chambo at your peril ! But then again if you don t know much about percebes, you may not know the difference anyway and you may be tickled pink with whatever the hell they serve you because you are just chewing away like a crazed mad man, happy as a giant clam, thinking to yourself : My God, I am eating Percebes ! Percebes Percebes Percebes !!! How lucky am I ? Tonight I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the Earth ! Ignorance truly is bliss in such cases. So if you really want percebes, call the resto and ask them if they have them that night (and don t forget to ask about those carabineros too) ... and even if you do this, do not be shocked when they are gone (or the goods ones are gone) by the time you are ready to order. Moving along, for carabineros, I would go to O Pazo as their pricing is better than La Trainera and their quality should surely be as good and is probably better. Early this summer, O Pazo carabs were 110 euros per kg (their price has not changed in many years !). Trainera was 155. This has been the case for the last few years. Prices for percebes at both places were pretty similar BUT THAT IS MEANINGLESS* ! If you understand percebes, you know that based upon their size and their place of origin and based upon how they were cut off the rock etc that the price varies by a factor of at least 2x or 3x or 4x. And then there is the freshness factor which requires seeing them (yes, seeing them, even at the BEST percebes places in the world ! The many, many tales that I could tell ...) The menus list the prices but you have no idea what the actual product on offer that night is unless you LOOK AT it. Chambo NEVER orders percebes prior to peeking at the product ... and further we select the actual percebes that will be cooked right then and there. Then again, you must know how to distinguish what you are looking at ... Am I complicating things ? Yes, I am ! All that said, you may find La T to be more geographically desirable ... and the ambience at these two restos are very different so that is a factor too * And yes, even with carabs, price is FAR** from the whole story, but with these two restos the quality should be pretty good. Once again, you want to LOOK AT the product and verify that they are looking good / fresh, and the more salient factor, at least for me, would be their individual size / weight. For the most part, bigger is better than smaller with these scarlet red critters IMHO ** Like whether they were frozen or not ... and what size they are ... and where they are coming from ... and did they come from a frozen, pre-packaged box ! (whenever carabs are priced really great, I will bet you they came from a pre-packaged frozen box ... which are a very sad imitation of the real McCoy)
  6. beachfan

    Madrid

    Does this list for a tapas crawl still look good? (My favorites were Cervezeria Cervantes and Dolores, and La Valencia). Any new musts (especially near these three)? They seem to be open on Sunday evening, is there a great seafood restaurant open on Sunday? Thanks in advance!
  7. beachfan

    Madrid

    Based on this recommendation, I had a fabulous meal there 10 years ago - loved the percebes!! In your recent post, I noticed it was missing from your list. Should I go to O'Pazo for percebes or La Trainera again? Will be at the Westin (near the Thyssen musuem).
  8. While I like BHS, I'm looking for something slightly more upscale than that and Osteria dal Forno.
  9. beachfan

    Tulsi

    I was there last year, I think around August. No Hemant in site, significantly sup par for this place, so much so that I dropped it from my list (I've been their 6 times). Didn't get any of my normal comps, but that wasn't a concern, it was that the food was meh.
  10. I remember Ideale and thanks for the tip on North Beach restaurant! Agree on Cotagna, but no red sauce on the menu I think.
  11. Ok, it's my friend's birthday, he doesn't like northern italian, he wants the italian food he grew up with in Queens. Perbacco no. La Ciccia, no. So with the many choice in North Beach and elsewhere, where would you suggest for things like lasagna, eggplant parm, ravioli, etc.
  12. My meal at Saison in 2012 was the best of the year, and a 3* meal in a 1/2* setting. At the new place, it was a not even quite a 2* meal. Never thought there could be too much unami, but there was. Everything was smoked this, mushroom that, all sounded great, but not enough contrast. And the pricing (you don't know the price until you show up) isn't acceptable to me (you have to guarentee the reservation to a credit card). To their credit, when I discussed their pricing policy (at $225, I was in, at $275 or whatever it was, I was out), they arranged to honor their baseline price. Otherwise the disappointment would have been sharper.
  13. Very helpful, thanks. I will do Pichet one day and either One Pico or Gueleton the other. Gueleton looks best for vegetarians, but no reservation policy is a minus. Given a 6pm opening for One Pico and a 7:30 curtain for most shows, seems hard to do it pre theatre. Pichet is open at 5:00, making it much more relaxed. I'll be sure to take note of the pub recommendations! I assume they are all within walking distance of the old part of Dublin (I'll be at the Westin, which I believe is centrally located).
  14. Any updates? I'm thinging of a) Dinner at Le Gueleton Sunday night b) Lunch at Guilbaud on Tuesday I liked the look of Chapter one, but they aren't open Monday, and that's my only free day. Millstone had some nice vegetarian options, but for the pescatarian (me), didn't look as good. But maybe I'll wind up there. Monday pre theatre dinner or lunch suggestions please! (looks like l'ecrivain is tasty and open Monday night, but don't seat until 6:30).
  15. beachfan

    L'Artusi

    Thanks. Since a buddy who lives in the 'nabe said that he thought Dell'amina is better than L'artusi, that's where we go.
  16. beachfan

    L'Artusi

    Any consensus on L'Artusi vs. Dell'ammina? One vegetarian in the group if that matters.
  17. beachfan

    Ledoyen, Paris

    One of my best meals ever was lunch there. There was a solo diner (I believe Japanese) with an Eraserhead hairdo and a big bow tie taking pictures. While I caught myself "observing" more than normal, the staff treated him with aplomb. He was taking pictures of every dish. Maybe a blogger
  18. Great clip, that about sums it up all right!
  19. Stunning lunch at Le Cinq. Amuse, and monkfish as Chambolle described. But the entree made me swoon, and my wife's off the menu vegetarian entree and plats were astoundingly good. Her amuse came in three parts - tomato, apple and cucumber(?) napolean -very lovely. Hemispheres of cherry tomatoes (different colors/flavors), very lovely. But the coup (e) de resistance was a glass of three tomatoes (green, yellow, red) in at least three ways - gelee, glace, and chopped. Each tomato had a distinctively different and dramatically superb taste. Brought us back to our first meal at Bouley (almost 20 years ago) when they served tomato water soup that was ethereal. I'll have to find my copy of the menu to write up my entree and her off the menu main. This was a superb meal on all points. I'm not enough of a major leaguer to arbitrate the number of stars it deserved, but the entrees matched or exceeded several three star analogies I can think of. Some folks over on the wine board think Le Cinq is on it's way to three stars. I wouldn't be surprised.
  20. For me, Akrame was a bit of style over substance and texture over flavor. The meal started very auspiciously with amuse of a deeply flavorful goat cheese tartlet, a parmesean biscuit and pomme de terres in black sesame along with something lighter than sour cream (fromage blanc and olive oil). All quite toothsome. Paired with a Crozes Hermitage blanc that I loved. Seemed like a light pour (120 ml is 3.5 oz, n'est pas)?), I ordered a second glass, got a lighter pour. Oh well, not the first time it's happened. The entree of Thai soup poured over a raw shrimp and fried rice (like black rice crispies) was a nice flavor combination and cleverly cooked the shrimp. Perhaps a bit salty, but pas de problem. Then a poisson dish - meagre sur poivre con mayonanisse chaud (pardon my rotten french). Well, a lovely piece of fish, but neither the cooked pepper nor the warm mayonnaisse did anything to enhance the flavor. Still I enjoyed it. Next dish, not so much. Pigeon, not a favorite of mine, pretty bloody, with twin purees of sweet potatoes and carrots. The purees were great. Maybe it was just me, maybe it was underseasoned, but it wasn't as good as the bites of my companion's pigeon I had at Ma Cuisine earlier this week. Naked pigeon, I'm sure some folks will love it. By the way, the wine on offer with the fish was a Bourgogne blanc 2009 that was flabby to my taste, and it sort of rattled my confidence in the sommelier. As he was touting it's minerality (knowing I just came from tasting there for 5 days), I just said "gee, no acid, it's flat tasting". Then he gave me a decent enough substitute of a languedoc white, but still wasn't intriguing enough for me to continute the trust me approach to the wine pairing. I recommend ordering a bottle of something you like rather than doing the pairings (40 euros for the 45 euro dinner, 50 euros for the 65 euro dinner). If you aren't sure what to get, the Crozes Hermitage Domaine Les Chenets 2009 was a delight (and 50 euros seemed fair for the quality, although it seems to be a 13 euro wine per the domaine web site). Desert was curry "foam" with raspberries and white chocolate. The foam was more like a diet buttercream, and the curry was more like tumeric. That and the white chocolate wound up surpressing the flavor of the berries rather than enhancing them. However, it was paired with grass (as in pre-hay) sorbet, and that was quite intruiging. Just when I think the best was long behind me, the apres dessert comes - citron flan with meringue pieces. This was fabulous! Texture was very interesting, but the flavors were bright and inventive. (It came with some house made chocolate and the espresso was super). Maybe I'm just not enough of an omnivore for the mono-menu concept. Mabye an off day? Or maybe the fact that I prefer mustard in almost every instance to mayo (including with canned tuna) means we're not a good match flavor wise. I'm interested in hearing what others say, maybe it would get me to return. PS It's quite an interesting restaurant, service was great, price was great, and I am grateful for the recommendation even if it ultimately didn't excite me.
  21. I think it was Barber who tried unsuccessfully to force feed me duck in the BH Village.
  22. I concur, had it last month. Looked like they had a similar prix fixe dinner going on during the summer, and they allow byo with a reasonable corkage, seemed pretty compelling.
  23. beachfan

    Madrid

    Thanks to the collective MF wisdom, I had one hell of a tapas crawl my first night. The closest to my hotel was Cervzeria Cervantes and that octopus lived up to it's press. Only problem was I was solo (wifey doesn't believe in Madrid time), so no room for raciones here on out. Then Cerzeria Dolores for what I thougth was fabulous achovies and a great smoked salmon (said salmon became my daily breakfast for the following two days). Cross town to La Latina, tried to get into Tximini. More crowed than the 4 train to wall street at 8am. Oldest person there was younger than the youngest person at any of my other stops. They must have been there for something other than the tapas. Had to pass. El Temparanillo was best. Really wished I wasn't solo because the fried squid in ink sauce looked amazing. I got a couple of tapas instead, both had a tad too much mayoniasse for me. Loved the wine there though. Nexgt was Casa Lucas. I got a taps there -- way too much mayonaise for me. Obviously chose wrong, should have had the little pork chop slider. The Albarino was heavily oaked, another minus. Yet the service was outstanding -- 1) Asked if I liked the ALbarino, and when I said "barrique" and made a face, he switched it for me instantly and 2) When I asked for water, got a 12 oz. glass of the best tasting tap water on ice in Madrid ()must have been filtered). Everywhere else was 4oz glass. And then finally La Vanencia. Those anchovies! I thought the ones at Dolores was good, but having been alerted by this thread to the tail-on beauties there, I was in anchovy heaven. And had quite a course in sherry too. Wound up tasting all five on offer (met another couple who provided the booster rocket needed to get through the list). That did me in for quite a while, but it was a grand crawl. Thanks to the posters on this thread who guided me on this worthy endeavor! PS Also loved the Mercado San Miguel, although prices on the seafood was pretty high. PPS If there are any newbies reading this thread, know you can order a tiny glass of beer to go with your tapas. By your fifth stop, you'll be glad you did; I didn't figure it out until my third glass.
  24. beachfan

    Madrid

    Dinner at Trainera was the bomb! Steamed mussels a bargain starter at 5 euros, lovely. Percebes (Dilley told me I had to) was outstanding (as was the cost, 43 euros/200 grams). Camberieros (Orik's impetus) was outstanding (two cost 41 euros at 15 euros/100 grams). Still hungy (Hard to believe, no), so I had the mullet, 4 lovely redsters at 18 euros. Along with a medio of Rueda and a liter of water, 122 euros, worth every penny.
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